A diary of my mothing activity covering highlights and photos from my moth trapping activities. Mainly Norfolk (UK), occasionally beyond. I may mention other wildlife sightings here, especially insects, but for birds see my birding diary.

Friday, 15 May 2015


Tuesday night was much poorer for moths though one nice one was new for the year: Chocolate-tip.

Chocolate-tip, North Elmham, 12th May

Other than that 6 Muslin Moths was the most remarkable record - especially considering that I never got one in all the years I was at Bawdeswell.  The rest were White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella, Brimstone Moth, Pebble Prominent, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 3 Hebrew Characters and Early Grey.

Shuttle-shaped Dart, North Elmham, 12th May

Next day I wandered round Syderstone Common in my lunch break but only managed Feathered Bright Incurvaria masculella and 3 Grey Gorse Piercers Cydia ulicetana.  One day I will try and identify some snails, but for now this one is just Snail sp.

Snail, Syderstone Common, 13th May

Wednesday night was another clear cold night and few moths: just 5 Muslin Moths and a Shuttle-shaped Dart.  Quite how Dave managed 36 moths of 20 species I have no idea.

Last night was marginally better, but not much, with 7 moths of 7 species.  Mind you three of them were new for the year: White Ermine, Flame Shoulder and Heart and Dart.

White Ermine, North Elmham, 14th May

Flame Shoulder, North Elmham, 14th May

Heart and Dart, North Elmham, 14th May

The other 4 were Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla, Streamer, Muslin Moth and Hebrew Character. 

Had a little look for moths in my lunch break today.  Couldn't find much but this Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana was new for the year.

 Common Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana, Broomsthorpe, 15th May

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